The rumors have been floating around for a few hours, but MLBTR finally picked it up, so here it is:
The Dodgers have agreed to a three-year extension with Chad Billingsley that will pay the right-hander over $30MM, according to Joe McDonnell of FoxSportsWest.com (Twitter link). Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles reports that the deal would cover the 2012-14 seasons and could include a 2015 option.
Billingsley will earn $6.275MM in 2011, his second of three seasons as an arbitration eligible player. The deal would buy out the 26-year-old's final year of arbitration eligibility and his first two free agent seasons.
Bills joins Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton as Dodgers signed to arbitration-avoiding multi-year deals. I have three immediate thoughts here:
- Where's Clayton Kershaw's multi-year deal?
- Remember when we were holding our breath for a multi-year deal for Russell Martin?
- Billingsley is a Dave Stewart client; glad to see Stewart doesn't let clubhouse politics get in the way of getting business done for his clients.
UPDATE: From @dylanohernandez:
Source: Billingsley's three-year deal with the #Dodgers worth $35-36 million, including buyout of option for fourth year.